1B/3B COLIN MORAN, NORTH CAROLINA
Birthdate: Jan. 28, 1992
College: North Carolina
Projected Draft Round: 1
Hitting: Present 55 – Future 55
Power: Present 55 – Future 60
Speed: Present 40 – Future 50
Fielding: Present 50 – Future 50
Arm Strength: Present 60 – Future 60
Colin Moran had a collegiate slash line of .347/.439/.522 heading into the 2013 season. Through the first 51 games of this season, the left-handed slugger is batting .385/.516/.646 with nine doubles, one triple, and 13 home runs.
Colin Moran is bet to go among the top ten picks, but his bonus demands could see him drop and the Mets might get lucky at No. 11. That’s assuming they are prepared to go over slot. Moran has grown from the top freshman in the country to one of the nation’s most dangerous hitters and a top draft prospect for No. 1 North Carolina. The junior has the chance to become the fourth player in NCAA history to lead the nation in runs scored and RBIs. He entered the week first in RBIs and tied for the lead in runs scored. If he keeps it up, he could join Robin Ventura of Oklahoma State (1986), Marshall McDougall of Florida State (1999) and Jake Lowery of James Madison (2011) as the only players in NCAA history to lead the country in both categories for a season.
John Sickels Says:
Moran has a lot going for him. He is a tall, lean player similar to his former #1 overall pick uncle, B.J. Surhoff. While Moran has played quite a bit of third base at North Carolina, I think his future is likely across the diamond at first. At the plate, he is quite the talent. When he is in the lineup of any team, they are better. He has a very good approach. He has a pretty swing and has above average power potential though I wouldn’t expect it early in his career. He is the type of player I could see hitting .300 in the majors. He is one of the safer picks in the draft and I would have a hard time seeing him not reach the majors and be a useful major leaguer. While the ceiling isn’t a future star, more of a solid regular, he I expect him to go off the board early.
Keith Law Says:
Moran is the most advanced bat in the class this year, including an absurd 39 BB/8 K ratio as of April 28, but faces questions about whether he can stay at third base and how well the swing will play in pro ball. At the plate, Moran has a great eye and generates good bat speed, with solid extension through the zone for average power or a tick above. He takes a long stride forward in the box but keeps his weight back, also keeping his hands very deep, with good hip rotation as well. It’s not a pretty swing, and it’s not that consistent — his hands come set in a different spot from swing to swing, and on some swings his front side goes soft (where he rolls over his front foot). He must have extremely strong wrists as well, because he’s a little late getting the barrel of the bat into the zone but still manages to make a lot of hard contact.
At third, he has outstanding hands and an easy throwing motion, along with great arm strength, so anything he gets to at third, he handles well, getting rid of the ball quickly. He’s a fringy runner and his feet are not quick — he tends to run a little flat-footed and often has trouble getting his feet started in the field because he’s set up on his heels. However once he gets moving, he’s fine, and should end up with average range at the position, or maybe a touch below, making up for it with sure-handedness and a plus arm.
If third doesn’t work — MLB teams do seem to emphasize third base defense today more than in the past — he’d have to move to first. He’s almost certainly a top five pick, but I am just concerned enough about the unorthodox swing to rate him slightly lower than that.
Colin Moran says:
Regarding his success at the plate:
“I’ve just felt comfortable and I’ve gotten into a groove. I have to give a lot of credit to the guys around me for getting on base a lot. I like to hit with guys on base. There’s been a lot of situations where guys have to come at me with strikes because the bases are loaded and the guys ahead of me have such good on-base percentages.”
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